The S.S. Portland was built in Bath, Maine in 1889 and was one of the premier side-wheelers of the Eastern Steamship Company. On a stormy November night during the ship's normal run from Boston to Portland in 1898, the S.S. Portland disappeared with all aboard, in what was later coined the "Portland Gale", a blizzard recorded as one of the worst storms of the 19th century.
It is estimated the loss was about 190 persons- the only known passenger list went down with the ship- including 17 Black crew members from the Portland community.
In 2002, remains of the shipwrecked Portland were found upright and intact in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Massachusetts.
Originally painted in oil on canvas in 1891 by Antonio Jacobsen at his studio in West Hoboken, New Jersey, the S.S. Portland was done in profile in order to capture the greatest amount of detail. The simplicity of the setting is characteristic of Jacobsen's work. This high-quality, limited edition reproduction is printed on acid-free paper and mailed with a history of the ship. 19" x 28".